Beale AFB Community
Places To See In The Surrounding Area
Collins Lake is 20 miles northeast of Marysville off Route 20. Open year-round, Collins Lake boasts more than 12 miles of shoreline, broad sandy beaches, a swimming area, shaded family and group picnic grounds, a boat launch, a marina with moorage berths and a general store. You can water-ski on calm, protected waters with a 3.5-milestraight run. There are also boat, kayak and paddleboat rentals. The lake features great fishing and is stocked with trout, bass, crappie, bluegill and catfish. For current rate schedule and information, call 530-692-1600 or visit www.collinslake.com.
RENAISSANCE VINEYARD & WINERY
Located on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada, at elevations between 1,700 and 2,300 feet, Renaissance has sculpted more than 100 miles of contoured terraces.
Renaissance winemaking combines age-old technique with modern equipment and technology. In the European tradition, only grapes grown on the estate are used, and all operations, from harvest to release, are conducted on the premises. Before bottling, each Renaissance wine is carefully matured in barrels or ovals, all of air-dried white oak, which are made to order in a small European cooperage.
Renaissance Vineyard & Winery is committed to the arts and considers winemaking an art form. Tours and tastings are available by appointment. For more information call 800-655-3277 or visit www.renaissancewinery.com.
THE WORLD’S SMALLEST MOUNTAIN RANGE
Listed in official federal records as the “World’s Smallest Mountain Range,” the Sutter Buttes are both unique and beautiful, rising from a broad plain about 50 feet above sea level. South Butte is 2,117 feet high; North Butte is 1,863 feet high; West Butte is 1,685 feet high. Three other peaks are more than 1,600 feet high. The mountains are arrayed in a circular rosette formation about 9 miles in diameter, covering some 75 square miles. The volcanic upthrust that created them ceased from 1.9 million to 1.3 million years ago, according to geologists.
The Maidu Indians named the Sutter Buttes “Histum Yani,” meaning “middle mountains of the valley.” Early geological maps identify them as the “Marysville Buttes.” La Framboise and Hudson Bay Company trappers called the peaks simply “The Buttes.” Capt. Fremont termed the mountains “Buttes of Sacramento” when he camped there in 1846 before the Bear Flag Revolt. Sutter’s land grants called the peaks “Los Tres Picos.” In 1949, the name “Sutter Buttes” became official.
Historic, cultural and scenic points around the Buttes include: West Butte, a former settlement with the school and bell tower still standing at Pass and West Butte roads; the George E. Britton House built in 1869 and 1870 (Britton gave the land for the school, church and cemetery); the area where William Thompson Sr. Ranch was located, where Thompson seedless grapes originated; Noyesburg Cemetery; and much more.